Leroy Van Dyke

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": country classic country 60s oldies male vocalists Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

Leroy Frank Van Dyke, 4 October 1929, Spring Fork, Missouri, USA. Besides working on the family farm, Van Dyke learnt the guitar and sang country songs. He gained a degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri, and then worked as a farm reporter and also trained as an auctioneer. Van Dyke worked for army intelligence during the Korean War and because he entertained the troops so successfully, became determined to be a professional entertainer. He wrote a tongue-twisting song based on his experience as an auctioneer, and, following television appearances, ‘The Auctioneer’ made the US Top 20 in 1956 and remains one of the classic novelty records. Although he had no further hits with Dot Records, ‘Honky Tonk Song’, ‘Heartbreak Cannonball’ and ‘Leather Jacket’ are highly rated by rockabilly fans, and they include Al Casey and Joe Maphis among the studio musicians. Moving to Mercury Records, he recorded a cheating song,...

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